Bracklesham Bay

Bracklesham Bay is a predominantly shingle beach, which becomes sandier towards the water’s edge. When the tide is out, a large, area of wet sand, interspersed by wooden groynes is exposed. This disappears underwater when the tide comes back in.

The beach is backed by the village and overlooks the bay, both of which share its name.  From the beach there are views across to the Isle of Wight in the distance. A number of activities such as swimming, and water sports are popular at the beach. It is also an excellent place for fossil hunting and during a trip to this beach, there is a good chance of spotting many other visitors in pursuit of this activity. So-called “shark’s teeth” are particularly common here.
The beach is also popular for bird watchers, particularly during the winter months, and there is always a chance of spotting seals here.

Pay-and-display parking can be found along East Bracklesham Drive, as well as toilets, a café, and a foreshore office. From here, a slipway leads down to the beach.  Further facilities such as shops and restaurants can be found further inland in the village centre. 

In May 1944, in preparation for D-Day, Canadian soldiers practised an amphibious landing on this beach. Remains of a tank from that operation can still be found underwater, and scuba diving is popular in the bay.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on a section of beach in front of the car park between 1st May and 30th September

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



PO20 8JS

OS grid ref.

SZ 8061 9623


Parking is available including spaces for disabled people.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Bracklesham Bay Reviews

Nice sunny half shingle beach.

Apr 21st 2022

Nice shingle beach bit hard to get down to beach if you not good on your legs and the drink food van wanted go again ask for a tub of whimpy icecream no tubs got offered coffee cup no syrup or offer of spoon of the small amount from bottom of coffee cup would to eat hand what a joke for £2.00 at billys on the beach .

Uncrowded, long (when tide out) and generally very pleasant

May 11th 2021

A lot less touristy and the better for it. Great for water sports such as wind or kite surfing and some mild surfing when the weather is up. A nice long walk when the tide is out and usually a good vibe in high summer particularly at evening sunsets.


Jul 01st 2019

Dogs are not banned here as this website says.  Between April and October they have to be on a lead 2 groynes either side of Billy’s on the Beach - no ban further up - all year round they are allowed between this groyne to the right of Billy’s and all the way to Earnley and beyond.

What did we get wrong?